Degree Requirements

Students will take Government and Politics in their first semester. This course provides an overview of the government degree and allows students to begin thinking about topics they may be interested in exploring in their research study.  They should also take an introductory intelligence course early in their course of studies.

In their third or fourth semester, students should take Research and Thesis I, which will begin the process of writing the thesis portfolio. Research and Thesis II (or Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods or Quantitative Methods) can be taken only after Research and Thesis I is successfully completed. In the final semester, students will take Research and Thesis III, which marks the culmination of the thesis process and the completion of all course work.

Students may take their Intelligence courses in whatever semesters seem convenient. However, if possible, they should take an introductory course before their other Intelligence courses.

Program Requirements

Core (4 classes)

Intelligence (5 classes)

One class from each of five areas:

  • Introductory — This requirement is best satisfied first but this is not required.
  • Law and Ethics
  • Theory and Context
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Applications of Intelligence

Courses that fulfill those requirements are listed here. You may also wish to refer to the multi-year schedule for the Intelligence program to help you plan your studies.

Electives (6 classes)

Any elective offered by the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies (courses with 470 or 472 prefixes). In addition, some courses offered by the Geographic Information Systems program (430 prefix) and the Geospatial Intelligence program (472 prefix) count toward the program. Other courses offered by Advanced Academic Programs may also count.  Please consult with your academic adviser.

More Information

For more information about courses, please see the Course Descriptions page for the Government and Intelligence Certificate programs. Please note that not all courses are available each semester.  Please refer to the multi-year schedule for the Intelligence program to help you plan your studies and to your academic advisers.

For information on exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors for the next term, students should consult the Advanced Academic Programs Course Schedule available several months before each semester or term begins. The registration system also contains a search function for courses that do not require a login. Note that courses are usually visible in the registration system about 2½ months in advance of the beginning of the semester.

Courses are open only to students who meet enrollment requirements. All on-ground classes are held at the Hopkins Washington Center at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. close to the Dupont Circle (South) exit or online except for a few courses involve travel abroad. Online courses use the Blackboard platform.